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Sweet Potato Pound Cake

Sweet potato pound cake on a table

I know it’s not the holidays yet, but I couldn’t resist making sweet potato pound cake after discussing with hubby what else I can make with sweet potatoes, besides I had two beautiful sweet potatoes in the kitchen begging to be used.

Sweet potato pound cake another overhead shot

Making Sweet Potato Pound Cake.

In my country, we do have sweet potato, which we only boil and eat, not much creativity there huh? But it’s delicious and didn’t need spices. Coming to the States I heard many raves about sweet potato pie and baked sweet potatoes. As a foodie, I was happy to know that there are many dishes created using sweet potato, but the surprise was when I saw the sweet potato sold in the USA.

Sweet potato pound cake served on a tray

The sweet potato in the US is orange from the outside and inside, smells so good, and is big. I was so excited like a kid who just entered an amusement park (yes, I do get over excited sometimes.)

Sweet potato pound cake close image of a slice

The first experience was at my mother in law’s house, she made an amazing sweet potato side dish for supper and the flavor was out of this world. Now, I’m encouraged to try everything sweet potato.

Sweet potato pound cake close up image

I went with hubby to a well-known restaurant and ordered sweet potato, it was horrible. We went to a well-known bakery shop in New York to try the pie but I couldn’t take more than one bite. I was so disappointed with the restaurant and bakery and wondered how can professionals ruin such a beautiful and tasty gift to mankind (the sweet potato)!

Sweet potato pound cake slices

I am on a mission to change this and was able to make the Best Sweet Potato Pie (I did use the word best because to me and my family it was, and I honestly didn’t taste a better sweet potato pie yet. I’m not bragging I promise.) Then I made Baked sweet potato with honey and butter sauce, of course, I can’t stop there so I challenged myself and made Sweet Potato Cream Caramel, and now Sweet Potato Pound Cake.

This sweet potato pound cake is moist, delicious, and you will never be happy with just one slice. Although this cake is butter based and usually butter based cakes go dry in the fridge but this cake stayed moist and it’s best to keep it in the fridge because of the sweet potato.

Sweet potato pound cake overhead shot

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As for my recipe, here you go!

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Sweet Potato Pound Cake

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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 56 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 6 minutes
Servings: 10
Author: Muna Kenny


  • ¾ cup cake flour or 10 tablespoon all-purpose flour +2 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 6 tablespoon unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 10 tablespoon sugar
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoon milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¾ cup boiled and mashed sweet potato
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 350F/180C. Line 9 x 5 x 3-inch baking pan with parchment paper.
  • In a bowl, sift flour, salt, baking powder, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Take ½ teaspoon from this mixture and add the raisins to coat. Keep aside.
  • In a different bowl, beat the sugar and butter until light in color. Add the vanilla and beat some more.
  • Add the sweet potato and beat on high, add the milk and continue beating.
  • Add the eggs one at a time and beat until combined.
  • Add flour and raisins to the wet ingredients and mix gently.
  • Pour into the prepared baking pan and bake for 56 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean.
  • Let the cake cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then let it cool completely on cool rack.
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  1. With just 10 tbsps of sugar and the add of sweet potato, I would say this is a HEALTHY delicious pound cake!

    • munatycooking

      Thanks Angie! I like cutting back on sugar and use the natural sweetness of the sweet potato, I know you like healthy baking, I hope you give this one a try soon 🙂

  2. Love sweet potato cakes! Both color and cake!

  3. Oh I hear you , sweet potato in the U.S is fuller, and tastier. i would love to try this cake, pinned!

  4. I am a tad excited about fall time when we start to test and prepare a real comfort food. I never had sweet potatoes, I mean growing up. So, the first time I actually tasted was in the USA.
    We have smaller versions of sweet white-ish pumpkin with orange flesh, and it tastes almost exactly as a baked sweet potato. Anyhow, your pound cake looks mouthwatering. Well done as always.

    • munatycooking

      I think sweet potato is everywhere except it looks different in different countries! Glad you liked my pound cake 🙂

  5. I am loving the bright color of this cake! Nice choice of making it with sweet potatoes. This is absolutely delicious!

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